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The Resounding Success of Red Run for World AIDS Day

Red Run letters make a huge sign on a sunny day in Victoria Park, Hackney

Last Saturday marked an extraordinary day in Victoria Park, Hackney, where people came together for Red Run for World AIDS Day. The vibrant atmosphere was electric as hundreds gathered to participate in the 10k and 5k run/walk while many others cheered them along.

A fantastic £232,651 was raised for 30 HIV charities by the participants through their amazing fundraising efforts! This monumental achievement speaks volumes about the commitment and generosity of everyone involved. Overall, Red Run London has raised over £875,00 since 2009!

The funds collected on this remarkable day will be pivotal in addressing critical HIV issues. They will be instrumental in combating HIV stigma, ensuring that those living with HIV can lead empowered and fulfilling lives, and, crucially, in the mission to halt the onward transmission of HIV by 2030. The impact of this incredible contribution cannot be overstated—it will bring hope and positive change to countless lives.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to every person who participated in any capacity, whether by running, walking, volunteering, or simply being present to cheer on the participants. Your presence and support have made an indelible mark in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

A special note of appreciation goes out to those exceptional participants who ran for Mildmay Mission Hospital. Your dedication to our cause is invaluable, and your efforts are deeply appreciated. Your commitment embodies the solidarity and compassion that drives us on this crucial journey.

We stand together in gratitude for the immense success of the Red Run for World AIDS Day. Each stride taken and every cheer raised has brought us closer to our shared goal—a world where HIV is not a barrier to living a healthy, stigma-free life.

Let us continue to unite, advocate, and work tirelessly towards a future where HIV/AIDS is a thing of the past. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for participating in this extraordinary movement.

A brief snapshot of the runners and supporters.


Since 2009, East London’s HIV charity Positive East has organised the World AIDS Day RED RUN. What began 14 years ago with just 50 people is now one of the UK’s largest annual HIV community events that has raised over £875,000 for HIV support and prevention projects.

It is the only event of its kind as it unites HIV charities, those living with HIV and the community to raise awareness of and funding to support the ambitions of the HIV sector. All HIV charities are welcome to participate in and benefit from the activities of the World AIDS Day RED RUN.

Past special guests have included Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Sir Ian McKellen, and the late Dame Barbara Windsor and has hosted spoken word performances by HIV Voices and DJs from Horse Meat Disco and Eagle London.



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